Twenty Questions (January 18, 1952)
Episode of the panel show "Twenty Questions", which aired live on the "DuMont" network on January 18, 1952.
Run time 29 minutes 16 secondsAudio/Visual sound, color
Host: Bill Slater, with Fred Vandeventer, Florence Rinard, Herb Polesie and Johnny McPhee on the panel.
Guest panelist is opera singer Eleanor Steber.
Includes commercials for "Menen for men".
January 29, 2013
Are we having fun yet?
Bill, the host, seems to have nothing but complete disdain for the panelists, most of whom seem to reciprocate the feeling. Despite being sponsored by Mennen (who actually seem to have used the same logo then as now), I believe all the questions submitted were from women, meaning that they were sent a complementary lady's jewelry box... filled with men's shaving products.
April 12, 2012
According to wikipedia, the only surviving US television episodes of this series are this episode here, plus a mid-1970s unsold pilot for a revival. A did some quick research and it seems an ABC episode also survives (from 1955).
The show itself is pretty good (and with a show like this, DuMont's bare-bones production values don't matter), with some rather unusual/amusing moments, plus the commercials add greatly to the fun, as does the network ID.
The main problem (for todays's audiences at least) is the lack of variation in the gameplay. That said, a revival could still work today.
Picture quality on the MPEG4 file is fine.